If you only play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate casually, you might not have heard, but Inkling is making waves. Ink waves, that is, because the character is top-tier. I’ll do my best to explain this in a way that doesn’t make me sound like a dweeb gushing over “frame-data”.

To put it bluntly, they’ve got better tools to work with

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Splatoon Inkling

Frankly, Woomy’s toolkit is just absolutely absurd. Their moves have great hit-boxes, the can always seem to recover, and their combo ability is amazing. But the real trouble is the ink damage multiplier. It is probably the hardest “aspect” to avoid when fighting against Inkling.

To elaborate, a good number of Inkling’s moves automatically apply ink on their enemy: the neutral special, their jab combo, and even the down smash. While it is a great way to incorporate Splatoon mechanics into Smash, it can be frustrating. When the ink is applied, Inkling (and teammates depending on the battle) does more damage to that enemy. It may look silly, but the damage is no joke.

Inkling’s other specials

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Splatoon Inkling

Additionally, their side special the Splat Roller buries their opponent. In fact, at higher damage percentages if you’re hit with the roller, getting his with a smash is almost inescapable. Projectile-wise, their ink grenade is versatile and does great damage, while also applying the ink buff. Lastly, Inkling has absurd recovery, they shoot up incredibly fast in their squid form. Plus they have an AOE hitbox when they land. Basically, it’s very difficult to punish, and it lets the squid kids edge-guard like it’s their day job.

It doesn’t mean they need a nerf

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Splatoon Inkling

Now when you list all of these at once, it seems like Inkling could be “overpowered”, but that’s just not true. Only in the hands of someone that knows what they’re doing is Inkling truly dangerous. They don’t need to be completely nerfed or something. And with the way balance changes are this time around, I don’t think they ever would. But as a fighter in general, they really are incredible. Hopefully, this helps you understand why you’ve been getting bodied online.

What do you think? Am I wrong about Inkling? Did I miss any crucial overpowered aspects? Let me know down below!

Jacob Buchalter
Writer, Illustrator, Graphic Designer, and "geek culture" aficionado. Jake B is an avid art lover based in San Francisco, California who has been hooked on video games and animation since he was just a wee lad.  As one of those so-called "creative types" Jake obsesses over art in any medium, whether it's video games, cartoons, or anime. Ask him about any artist, they're probably already in his bookmarks. Gaming is one of his biggest passions, and an industry he takes seriously.


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